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Long Island waitress wins $21.5M Lotto jackpot

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: Long Island waitress wins $21.5M Lotto jackpot

Luck was on the menu.

A struggling Long Island waitress and single mother of three young boys who hails from Ireland scored a $21.5 million Lotto jackpot, New York Lottery officials announced yesterday.

After opting for a lump-sum payout of nearly $12 million, Patricia Eisel, 40, will take home a cool $8 million after taxes to fill her barren bank account.

The beaming immigrant, who barely made ends meet toiling at The Saloon in Long Beach for the past nine years, said her worrisome stack of bills no longer seems quite so daunting.

"This came just in time," she said at a check-presentation ceremony yesterday.

Eisel said she has yet to tell her children. "I'm going to tell them that mommy got lucky," said Eisel, who plans to move from her cramped apartment and buy a house. "And that we're going to have a nice life. Everything is going to be OK."

Eisel said she bought $8 worth of Lotto tickets on Jan. 5. She had $7 in her pocket and found one more stray single — the proceeds from a measly tip — and chose the Quick Pick option, which produced the winning numbers 4, 6, 11, 18, 20 and 33.

"My heart was pumping so fast I didn't know what to think," she said.

Eisel, who moved to New York in 1995, said she hasn't shared the good news with her mom in Ireland.

"I didn't tell her because I didn't want her to have a heart attack," she said. "I want to tell her in person."

Despite the windfall, Eisel said she has no intention of quitting her waitressing job.

"I'm going to stay working there," she said. "That's my family. My customers are my family. My boss is my family."

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New York Post

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dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
United States
Member #82391
November 12, 2009
6354 Posts
Posted: January 28, 2011, 8:48 am - IP Logged

 Congratulations to the winner!!!!!!

    sully16's avatar - sharan
    United States
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    October 28, 2009
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    Posted: January 28, 2011, 9:15 am - IP Logged

    Congratulations Patricia, This is a great story, Party


      Monkey Butt, USA
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      August 23, 2007
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      Posted: January 28, 2011, 9:23 am - IP Logged

      Congratulations to Ms. Patricia Eisel.

      I wish nothing but the best for you and your sons.

      Enjoy your windfall.

        kalikgirl's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
        Member #55643
        October 12, 2007
        38 Posts
        Posted: January 28, 2011, 9:27 am - IP Logged

        Wow Congratulations to Patricia on your winnings!


        I gather from the story that you are a well grounded individual, you shall do well and keep a level head about your winnings.

        I like the idea that you will continue to work also.


        all the Best,



          savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
          adelaide sa
          Member #37136
          April 11, 2006
          3329 Posts
          Posted: January 28, 2011, 9:32 am - IP Logged

          i m guessing she stays working there as long as it takes her boss to say " no you cant have time off to go visit your mum in ireland"

          nice win sounds like a real battler. if she doesnt have financial sense, hope she gets some decent advice.

          " Still swinging, still missing "
          2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016  = -1171; 2017 = ?  TOT =  -3596: JAN= -

          keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= -424; 2017 = ? TOT = - 3318: JAN= -39

            dpoly1's avatar - driver
            United States
            Member #66141
            October 16, 2008
            1818 Posts
            Posted: January 28, 2011, 9:38 am - IP Logged

            Congrats to  Patricia!

            I am sure that she has been struggling. It is so very expensive to live on Long Island.  Big Grin


            I am looking for my big win tonite!  Sun Smiley

              United States
              Member #104970
              January 23, 2011
              24 Posts
              Posted: January 28, 2011, 10:20 am - IP Logged

              good thing ny isn't a community property state. it would suck if she had to share her winnings with some estranged ex-con husband she never took the time to legally divorce.

                dphillips's avatar - littleuns
                Albuquerque, New Mexico
                United States
                Member #5128
                June 18, 2004
                377 Posts
                Posted: January 28, 2011, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

                So, she wants to stay on the job, but will she have the peace of mind?  Customers and possible jealous co-workers will be looking at her with envy or hate.  If I were Patricia, I would get out or, if possible, by the place.  Money is nice to have but if you don't have peace of mind, then having money can be detrimental to your health.

                See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

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                  December 31, 2010
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                  Posted: January 28, 2011, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

                  She's lying. She's not gonna stay at her job. who would do it. C'mon

                    fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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                    December 6, 2004
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                    Posted: January 28, 2011, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

                    I wonder how many years she would have to work in order to make that amount in tips.

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                      Sunny part of town
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                      December 27, 2010
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                      Posted: January 28, 2011, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

                      U.S.A the place where dreams come true!Dance

                        Rowen's avatar - animal eel.jpg
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                        November 3, 2009
                        890 Posts
                        Posted: January 28, 2011, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

                        Luck of the Irish folks Lep

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                          February 12, 2006
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                          Posted: January 28, 2011, 9:33 pm - IP Logged

                          single mother of three young boys,    aka news alert to all adult man who are single and like kids, 

                          their a massive One on the loose in long island  area , get your fishing poles and go for it!,   all joking aside, glad to see Irish single mom win it for her kids,

                          thro i would not be shocked if males start leaving their cards aka their phone Number with a tip LOL when she works rofl

                          hopeful she puts a lot of it in long term investments and has that kind of wealth for the rest of her life,  teach them kids how great inventmest is for their future LOL

                          i hope  her can just say No to ever idiotic idea, or request for money she gets form now on LOL  , she went public and can now pay the price

                            Bondi Junction
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                            December 24, 2007
                            1102 Posts
                            Posted: January 30, 2011, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

                            Congratulations to her! It's great as she needs the money. I still wonder about splashing her name and photograph all over the media. She will be pestered by people asking if they can "borrow" some money. I hope she is strong enough to say "no". I hope she gets independent professional advice, otherwise, in a few years, we may be reading how is broke and back to square one again.

                            We all get a lot out of lotteries!